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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-07-01

Set 1

Dancing In The Street
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Walkin' Blues
My Brother Esau
Stagger Lee
Let It Grow ->
Keep Your Day Job

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Dear Mr. Fantasy ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Good Lovin'

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction ->
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Merriweather Post Pavilion
Location Columbia, MD

Source Matrix mix (SBD/AUD)
Transferred by Hunter Seamons



SBD (SHNID 17350):

Disc 1 & 2: SBDmc>?>DAT>CD>EAC>SHN>CD>EAC
Disc 3: SBDmc>?>DAT>CD>EAC

[55 second cut during Fantasy]

AUD (SHNID 25243):

Recorded by Jim Oade
Transferred by Doug Oade, tracked by Darrin Sacks (

Field: Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Transfer: Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > soundforge 6 where necessary for patching >
Flac (sector boundaries aligned via flac frontend)


Dancin' in the Streets -- first 2:30 patched
Dupree's Diamond Blues -- d/o patched @ 2:12
Jack-a-Roe -- d/o patched @ 4:36
Day Job -- d/o patched @2:03 and @3:36
Dear Mr. Fantasy -- d/o patched @4:57
Good Lovin' -- d/o patched @5:39, d/o removed @11:20
Baby Blue -- d/o patched @4:26
Thank you to PainoMan, Sean Cribbs, and Charlie Miller for the SBD transfer,
and to the Oade Brothers and Darrin Sacks for the AUD transfer.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN & FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)
September 25, 2008


1) Occasional static/clicks/pops in the sources.

2) The matrix begins around 2:12 of Dancin'.

3) The SBD source was generally 1.4% slow. The matrix speed was flexed as desired/needed, but kept within 0.5% of the Oade speed (if not exact), which is close enough in my view.

4) The AUD patches were not included in the matrix, save one during Fantasy.

5) There was a harsh dropout in the SBD at 2:23 that I faded out.

6) The show appears to be seamless.


Reviewer: 9dreamer - - August 2, 2015
Subject: Scarlet
Been listening to a Merriweather board for 23 years just for that stunning solo in Scarlet. Punctual, long and articulate. Perhaps that well sung but It's all about his soloing in Scarlet here. And the Let it Grow ain't bad either.

It's so nice to have a matrix of this show. Thank you!

Thank you Jerry.
Reviewer: kee-zee - - September 12, 2014
Subject: Merriweather Freakin' Post Baby..
I'm down with what I read of some of the reviews..Merriweather was a spiritual HOT SPOT 83-85 all hot shows..My brother and I grew up just a little South of Baltimore was like home and we still chatter about those shows in the SHED with the DEAD~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm done..85 Summer Tour kicked some serious ass..period~!!!!!!!!!!! Forever Grateful>Forever Dead~!!LIFER
Reviewer: njpg - - November 4, 2012
Subject: Very well-played,
not at all well-sung. Excellent matrix. Drums & space very psychedelic but sounds like rotten spaghetti.
Reviewer: lpenoza - - January 5, 2012
Subject: Rise and Fall
Almost ending the first set, Let It Grow steals the show. Thanks Hunter S for this matrix. If the GD folks won't release these 6/30/85 and 7/1/85 Merriweather shows, these mtx will be my standards.
I happen to love the gloriously flawed energy of this 1985 summer tour. I have very vivid memories of 6/28 and 6/30, but although I was at this one I have few memories of it. Then I hear Let It Grow and a sepia toned visual of moving about the MPP venue returns, possibly because I never moved away from my pavillion seat the night before. From the first pair of shows there in 1983 I felt like MPP was a spiritual hot spot for the Grateful Dead (anyone who was at that first show there in '83 will know). This recording from the last one there is proof enough. You don't like the post '70s GD - you can find what you want elsewhere on this site and feel free to quit posting about it here. This is GREAT music!
Reviewer: Freakdog - - July 2, 2011
Subject: The Good Ole Days
Seems like yesterday. Saw the Dead over 50 times..Mainly Baltimore/Washington/Philly area.This and the night before were definately the best of the bunch.Playing was tight but loose, if you know what I mean.Setlists were outstanding--Shakedown,He's Gone Cryptical,Dancin ,Let It Grow ,Scarlet Fire,Satisfaction/Baby Blue encore--Highlights for me of the two shows,their last at Merriweather. The weather was perfect.. the scene was sublime...these 2 shows changed my life..for the better.My God today's music sucks.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - July 1, 2011
Subject: Hollow
This sounds a bit hollow to me...
Reviewer: Steve Dimig - - November 18, 2009
Subject: Sweet Show
Why can't they do more Dick's Picks from the mid 1980's? I love the 1985 tour best. There was a lot of great shows on that tour. Sure, they were "better" in the 1970's, but what great bands were still around by the 80's? The Stones weren't near as good as their peak either. Look at some US festival footage: the 80's kind of sucked for live music. The Dead were still pretty darn good.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - May 8, 2009
Subject: Not a Typical '85 Drums->Space
This is one of best Spaces in 1985, which means it is one of the best Spaces ever recorded.

Strap yourself in. The spaceship is arriving to zap that fxcking cricket.
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - - December 22, 2008
Subject: One of the better shows of 1985
After the previous night of amazing music, the band comes back even stronger and delivers one of the best shows of the year. The first set is excellent with a happening Dancin that got everyone in the groove.Dupree's, which was become rare again, was nice treat with Jerry playing those trippy licks.You get the first Jack A Roe, of only two this year, and it is intense. The rest of the set is solidly played and enjoyable. Stagger Lee is great and an outstanding Let it Grow> Day Job to end the set.Set II starts with an upbeat Scarlet that has an extended jam before the last verse. Fire is really good with a long intro before the first verse and a ending that is similar to the jam they did the night before during Shakedown. Jerry brings up the tempo on one of his last searing solos and it works quite well. The Playing is heavy and fast with a great transition into a rocking UJB, definitly the highlight of the night so far. A cool drums into a typical '85 space leads, very surprisingly, into one of the better renditions of Mr. Fantasy.Jerry still sings the harmonies with Brent, which I loved, and it drives this version over the top. Jerry also lays down an intense solo.Brent's playing on the B3 is awesome, as it was the entire night. You next get a scorching GDTRFB with Jerry and Brent really pushing it over the top, maybe the best one I ever saw. Bob answers with a intense Good Lovin' with plenty of Bob rap with Jerry and Brent pushing it along merrily,they were all having a grand time.The audience loved it and you get almost four mintues of cheering before the band comes back. Another double encore,they played a total of six on the whole tour, with a rocked out Satisfaction into an epic Baby Blue. The post space is what really vaults this show to one of the best. Brent and Jerry are playing off each other the entire night.This matrix by Hunter is also excellent and builds on the weak sb that has always circulated of this show. We sat on the lawn which was straw, because the place was so new, and had another times of our lives.
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